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Social Imperatives Flow From Ideas of Justice Found in Double Portion

By Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit Parshat Behar-Bechukotai This week’s parshah is a big double-dipper, Behar-Bechukotai — it means, “On the mountaintop” and “My directives” — and...

Shavuot: A Holiday in Search of a Home

By Rabbi Robert Layman  Parshat Emor Every holiday in the Jewish calendar has a fixed date determined by the Torah or by events not recorded in...

What Does It Mean to be Holy — and How Do We Fight Our...

By Rabbi Jon Cutler Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim “Did you hear about so-and-so getting divorced?” “Those pants are too short; children should not wear that type of clothing.” “The...

Aspiring to High Standards Requires Kindness, Respect and Finding Some Common Ground

By Rabbi David Levin Parshat Tazria-Metzora Our world seems to be in a particularly harsh place. On all fronts we seem to be ailing. People seem unable...

It Takes a Community to Create Holiness — to Elevate Life and Go Beyond...

By Rabbi Beth Janus Parashat Shmini Imagine preparing for a brand new job. You have dreamed of having this job. You have studied for it. You...

Silence Is More Than Golden

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin The last days of the festival of Passover are dedicated to the splitting of the Reed Sea, one of the most...

Passover a Chance to Find Sweet Spot Between Mitzvah and Menschlichkeit

By Rabbi Gerald R. Fox  Parshat Tzav In the midst of our often-frantic preparations for the Passover holiday, we can get lost in the fragrance of...

Smell Can Trigger Reminders of the Goodness Sought Through Prayer

By Rabbi Marc Israel Parshat Vayikra I love to barbecue. I love everything about the experience — finding the right marinade and/or seasonings, ensuring that the...

Community Gatherings Often the Source of Greatness — or Great Harm

By Rabbi Peter Rigler Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei This week we read a double Torah portion of Vaykhel and Pekudei. These relatively brief portions end the Book of...

Opening Space for Holiness

By Rabbi Shelly Barnathan Parashat Ki Tisa This week’s Parasha —Ki Tisa, Exodus 30:11 —34:35 — is filled with many gems. The Parasha opens with the concept...